DGH consultation was ignored

The petition, which nearly 37,000 potential hospital patients signed, was a simple statement “We the undersigned oppose the current plans to remove trauma & orthopaedics and general surgery and support keeping all core services at the Eastbourne DGH.”

The chief executive of the trust has added insult to injury by suggesting that those who signed did not understand this statement.

It appears that, by questioning our intelligence, he tried to invalidate the petition. By using this tactic he managed to persuade seven members of the health committee to vote in his favour, while five voted against.

As the Consultant Advisory Committee and the local doctors have written with a similar message to the petition, it is clear that the result of the public consultation has been ignored and this decision should be reversed.

ROBERT CAFFYN, Holbrook Close, Meads.